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Nurse Practice Acts/Jurisprudence

Online, self-paced CE course

Practice confidently in your state!

Cost: US$15.00

CE Credit: 2 Contact Hours

Enroll Now: Go to NCSBN's Online Campus Now

Audience: This program is for every nurse in every practice setting at every level of practice.

Learn what state laws govern your practice of nursing.

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Nurse practice acts are state laws that govern nursing licensure and practice, and in some cases, nursing education, so as to ensure the safety, health and welfare of the public. In this self-paced course, learn to practice more confidently as you find answers to these questions:

  • What state laws govern my practice and education?
  • Why do these regulations exist?
  • What is the process of nursing licensure in my state?
  • What are the disciplinary procedures in my state?

For only $15, you will receive three weeks of unlimited, 24-hour access to the course, earning 2.0 contact hours!

Sign up now to start learning about your state’s nursing regulations!

Apply Nurse Practice Acts to Your Day-to-Day Practice.

Learn about the nurses practice act in participating states* as you:

  • Explore the history of licensure and the regulation of nursing.
  • Find out the functions of boards of nursing.
  • Learn about the powers, responsibilities and the composition of the board of nursing.
  • Clarify what is included in nursing licensure in your state.
  • Understand what constitutes grounds for discipline in your state, due process procedures, and alternatives to discipline.

*Georgia jurisprudence exams do not have learning objectives. Individual board of nursing courses may vary.

State Nursing Licensure Boards Participating

NCSBN partnered with each participating state board of nursing to develop the online nurse practice acts course program. The following states are currently participating. If you do not see your state on the list, check back with us since we are frequently adding states to the list.


  • Arkansas
  • Georgia***
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico


  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio**
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia-PN
  • West Virginia-RN

Start applying nurse practice act information to your practice… Sign up now.

**Disclaimer: Although nurses can use this continuing education activity as part of their general continuing education requirements for licensure renewal, it does NOT meet the 1-hour law and rule (Category A) requirement for the Ohio Board of Nursing.

***Jurisprudence exams are available for Georgia registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. Note that contact hours are not available for Georgia jurisprudence exams.